25 February 2020

Statistics published this morning have shown patients are still waiting too long for treatment.

The Treatment Time Guarantee (TTG), which specifies that all people waiting for an inpatient or day case procedure must be treated within 12 weeks, was enshrined in law in by the Scottish Government in 2012.

Despite this only 71.9 per cent were treated within 12 weeks in the last three months of 2019, a decrease on the 73 per cent who were treated on time during the same quarter in 2018.

During 2019, the Treatment Time Guarantee was breached more than 80,000 times, bringing the total number of breaches since 2012 to 272,293.

Scottish Labour has stated that the improvements promised by the Cabinet Secretary’s Waiting Times Improvement Plan have failed to materialise and that the continuing failure to meet the Treatment Time Guarantee is another symptom of the SNP’s mismanagement of Scotland’s NHS.

Scottish Labour Health Spokesperson, Monica Lennon MSP, said :

“Scotland’s NHS has been mismanaged by successive SNP ministers.

“The SNP Treatment Time Guarantee is not worth the paper it is written on, as the law has been broken over 270,000 times since it was introduced.

“The gap between available resources and what people need from the NHS in Scotland is leaving patients in distress and pain.

“Last week the Scottish parliament supported Scottish Labour’s call for reform and for an end to secrecy in our NHS.

"SNP Ministers must snap out of their complacency and realise that denial and spin won’t get patients their operations on time.

“Senior SNP figures need to stop fighting over leadership positions and give our precious NHS the attention it deserves”

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